Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Claims 2014’s Largest Debut with $123.0MNovember 23, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with an estimated $123.0 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 22 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 19 percent below the $152.54 million start of 2012's The Hunger Games. While Mockingjay - Part 1 had been largely expected to open below Catching Fire due in part to not having an IMAX boost this time around, the degree of the drop-off from Catching Fire was certainly unexpected.

With that said, it should be noted that in addition to easily generating the largest opening weekend of 2014 (the previous high being the $100.04 million start of Transformers: Age of Extinction), Mockingjay - Part 1 also claimed the sixth largest opening weekend ever for the month of November and the 15th largest opening weekend of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). Those are still impressive accomplishments, especially without the aid of either 3D or IMAX sales.

Mockingjay - Part 1 opened with $55.15 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.75 million and is estimated to fall 33.5 percent on Sunday to gross $27.1 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.23 to 1, which is on par with the 2.23 to 1 ratio of Catching Fire. The ratio suggests that Mockingjay - Part 1 will likely display similar holding power to that of Catching Fire, though Mockingjay - Part 1 could potentially hold up slightly better due in part from having opened significantly lower and in part from not having to face competition from Frozen. Mockingjay - Part 1 received an A- rating on CinemaScore.

Disney's Big Hero 6 took in an estimated $20.09 million to remain in second place. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 42 percent from last weekend. Even though Mockingjay - Part 1 didn't pack the same punch as Catching Fire did last year, it still had a clear effect on holdovers, as percentage declines from last weekend were significant in general. Big Hero 6 has grossed $135.71 million through 17 days of release. That places the film 11.5 percent ahead of the $121.75 million 17-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph (which fell 44 percent in its third weekend to gross $18.58 million). While it will face new direct competition from Fox's Penguins of Madagascar beginning on Wednesday, Big Hero 6 is likely to hold up nicely over Thanksgiving weekend thanks in part to strong word of mouth and in part based on historical trends for family fare over the Thanksgiving frame.

It was a fairly close race for third place this weekend between Paramount's Interstellar and Universal's Dumb and Dumber To. With an estimated $15.1 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.3 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend, as despite continued IMAX shows, the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film still took a hit from Mockingjay - Part 1. Interstellar continues to perform below expectations with $120.69 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of Gravity, as it is now running 29 percent behind the $169.56 million 17-day take of Gravity (which fell just 31 percent in its third weekend to gross $30.03 million). While Interstellar could experience stronger than usual stabilization over the next two weeks, the film will be facing very direct competition from both Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December.

On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected first place debut, Dumb and Dumber To fell three spots and a massive 62 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. A fan-driven opening weekend performance combined with poor critical reviews and lackluster word of mouth among moviegoers (not to mention the added presence of Mockingjay - Part 1) clearly helped lead to a hefty second weekend decline for the long-awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Despite the second weekend decline, Dumb and Dumber To is running in line with expectations at this point with a very solid ten-day take of $57.45 million. However, the film has now fallen 7 percent behind the $61.57 million ten-day pace of last year's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (which fell just 38 percent in its second weekend to gross $20.01 million).

On the limited front, Focus' The Theory of Everything expanded nicely with an estimated $1.50 million from 140 locations. That placed the James Marsh directed awards season hopeful in tenth place among all films and gave the film a per-location average of $10,714 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.79 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Fellow awards season hopeful Foxcatcher grossed an estimated $474,339 from 24 locations. That gave the Bennett Miller directed film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum a per-location average of $19,764. The Sony Pictures Classics release has grossed $0.822 million after ten days.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Sep. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$3,428,166-33%2,730--$1,256$13,152,6831Open Road
2Finding Nemo 3D$2,719,241-40%2,9040$936$30,175,4492Disney
3Trouble with the Curve$2,679,735-50%3,212--$834$12,162,0401Warner Bros.
4House at the End of the Street$2,287,860-57%3,083--$742$12,287,2341Relativity Media
5Resident Evil: Retribution$1,848,536-36%3,0164$613$33,469,5302Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$1,640,470-32%2,506--$655$6,278,4911Lionsgate
7ParaNorman$753,711-33%1,617-709$466$52,582,7286Focus
8The Possession$586,032-53%2,598-262$226$45,291,6174Lionsgate
9Lawless$566,093-44%2,614-449$217$34,477,1344Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$415,755-44%1,752-663$237$48,655,8286Disney
11The Expendables 2$377,593-45%1,820-1076$207$83,019,8056Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$343,440-56%1,431-739$240$110,402,5757Universal
132016: Obama's America$262,413-32%1,216--$216$32,022,60111Rocky Mountain Pictures
14The Campaign$260,549-54%1,250-752$208$84,986,2017Warner Bros.
15Hope Springs (2012)$195,348-52%1,147-799$170$62,154,3837Sony / Columbia
16The Words$170,875-52%1,247-1554$137$11,000,2113CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$161,166-28%1,064--$151$2,765,5352Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,046,795-46%788783$1,328$5,446,9752Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$309,898-49%948-633$327$443,124,01410Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$284,447-51%24447$1,166$3,858,2072Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$181,151-39%130-2$1,393$1,977,5282UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$159,532-39%420-121$380$158,561,29211Fox
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$99,491-39%374-217$266$47,779,3188Fox
7Heroine$90,590-42%114--$795$389,9011UTV Communications
8Premium Rush$82,378-52%567-772$145$19,665,1025Sony / Columbia
9Total Recall (2012)$72,839-42%32219$226$58,462,9508Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$66,031-38%240-66$275$215,896,45116Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Amazing Spider-Man$64,413-44%253-75$255$261,471,26812Sony / Columbia
12Ted (2012)$61,530-45%293-118$210$217,838,90013Universal
13The Intouchables$45,076-50%156-24$289$12,253,18318Weinstein Company
14Step Up Revolution$37,887-43%182-86$208$34,960,0689Lionsgate / Summit
15For A Good Time, Call...$36,085-42%105-2$344$1,084,2524Focus
16Hit and Run$34,123-43%291-360$117$13,606,2185Open Road
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,345-42%132-80$253$10,902,97313Fox Searchlight
18Moonrise Kingdom$31,738-44%120-37$264$45,161,62318Focus
19Sparkle (2012)$29,884-53%206-288$145$24,259,8916Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$10,941-62%155-1356$71$3,691,3943Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$56,824-34%4--$14,206$228,3591Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,538-9%14--$2,538$109,7481Rocky Mountain Pictures
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$21,506-37%85-237$253$3,055,3033Paramount
4To the Arctic 3D$21,118-44%520$406$8,657,38223Warner Bros. / IMAX
510 Years$17,354-44%4340$404$105,1132Anchor Bay Films
6The Watch$13,516-45%77-61$176$34,232,6509Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,950-33%47-33$254$46,263,06121Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,946-34%330$180$20,885,55377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$5,256-37%40-6$131$3,958,04516FilmDistrict
10Ruby Sparks$5,045-42%43-27$117$2,478,2549Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$4,491-46%55-60$82$113,709,99213Warner Bros.
12Toys in the Attic$2,046-18%6--$341$48,5623Hannover House
13The Apparition$1,961-67%35-33$56$4,860,4875Warner Bros.
14Husbands In Goa$1,159-48%7--$166$4,4831UTV Communications
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8842%70$126$3,371,4697ARC Entertainment
16Cosmopolis$660-43%9-22$73$757,5666Entertainment One Films
17Mugamoodi$553-55%1-2$553$101,9114UTV Communications
18Branded$106-18%2-78$53$353,2273Roadside Attractions